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Friday, June 27, 2003

I say now, what have you got there?

D.W.Q.M.: "There's no point in being grownup if you can't be childish sometimes." -the Fourth Doctor
*heehee* how old am i again? ;)

Ah, possibly my most favorite line in all of Doctor Who-and how well it applies to me! :-D As I was packing last night, I was thinking about how amused the check-in people would be if they ever chose me as one of their "random" full search checks. If they were ever to thoroughly go through my carry-on bag, this is what they would find in my single-young-woman-with-no-children bag:

-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
-a Gameboy Advance, complete with several games
-a copy of the latest issue of Non-Sport Update (info and price guide for non-sport trading cards)
-a copy of a fairly recent Scyre magazine (yet another info and price guide...for CCG cards like Magic, Pokemon, etc.)
-a playable deck of Magic cards (guilty as charged, here-I like playing it, but it's hard for me to find people who do-I always bring my deck with me though...just in case ;) )
-copies of the latest Astronomy and Sky and Telescope (hey, I can still pretend to be an adult. LOL)
...too bad I don't have the latest copy of Nintendo Power-that would rock! ;)

Ah, to always be young at heart!!! (not that i'm that old!) Well, I'm already for vacation! Woo-hoo!!!
I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!!!
posted by Romana1 on 11:15 AM | *

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

'Round and 'round we go!

D.W.Q.M.:"It seems that I am some kind of a galactic yo-yo!" -the Third Doctor

As always, a few days before I leave for vacation, my sister calls me to tell me my full schedule for the first weekend I am there! Since they are having a house being built for them, and they have the frame up, etc, etc., we will be taking a trip to see that-just me, my sister, and our mom-kind of like a girls afternoon out or something. Apparently they are going to be living near some antique shops, and my mom just loves shopping there!! (she's found some pretty cool stuff-for those of you who have been to my place, where do you think I got most of my cool glasses from? *heehee* ;) ) My sister will also be near Stacy, MN ( I keep forgetting the name of the town where the house is being built-bad, bad ella!) We have cousins on my mom's side in Stacy, of whom we will probably be visiting on Sunday! The problem with living so far away is that I only get about a week to see everyone I've missed!! So I have to find time (not that i mind!) to see family on both sides, see my friends, and my niece called me the other day and asked if I wanted to take her to the zoo!! By the end of my vacation, I really do feel like a yo-yo! :) but i am a happy yo-yo. LOL.

Harry Potter is coming along nicely-don't worry! I WILL NOT GIVE OUT ANY SPOILERS-I PROMISE!!! I'm only about 1/4 of the way through. I wish I had more time to just sit and read! At night, I read a chapter, then look at the clock, then read another, then look at the clock, and that keeps going on until I have to force myself to put the book down. I always put it in my backpack so I'm not tempted to pick it up again when I should be sleeping...wait a sec, me? Sleep? LOL! ;) I know a couple of people who finished it on Saturday! Lucky them! they better not spoil anything!! My friend Sharon and I are actually reading it at about the same pace, so we can discuss the parts we've read, and speculate together, without worrying about spoiling too much for the other person-that's really cool!!
posted by Romana1 on 12:31 PM | *

Monday, June 23, 2003

Whoa, there, horse!

D.W.Q.M.: Ace: "Oye, that sounds brill!"
the 7th Doctor: "My sentiments exactly!"

For those of you familiar with Cedar Hill right by campus, you might find this amusing...or sneaky:
Date: Sat., June 21st
Time: about 12pm or so...maybe closer to 1.
Place: Cleveland Heights/Cleveland- Euclid Heights Blvd & Cedar Rd.

As we are coasting down Euclid Hts blvd almost above speed limit, with the flow of traffic, we hit Cedar Rd, and just as we are about to decend the hill, we spot a lone police officer, no squad car, standing on the corner at the top of the hill with a speed gun, talking into his walkie talkie. We're thinking, "huh?" and then shouting, "Holy s$@%!" and to the car, "Whoa, horse!", for a split second later, we see the flashing lights of six squad cars, all lined up on Cedar Hill, each with a passenger car with very irate-looking drivers. Cleveland Hts must be desperate for money, and not enough people must be going to the Indians games. (I hear that they cops usually stake out the other side of the street, after Indians games, and try to pull people over to see if they are over the limit or not...that's what I hear, at least) Note to self: be very careful while drive down Cedar Rd!

Ok, apparently my watch wasn't working correctly, and when I gave my countdown time for the Harry Potter book, I was nearly 2 hours off. Stupid watch! ;) That's ok-I survived. I didn't get the chance to go out at midnight, but my friend Sharon went to Hudson-she said it was alot of fun. People were dressed up, the stores had the names of shops from Diagon Alley covering their real signs, and they were giving out heilium balloons shaped like owls!! Way cool! I picked up my copy Saturday morning-they had a truck behind the counter filled with books, with the spines facing upward. The library assistant in me wanted to say, 'turn those books around! You're damaging the spine!!" But I just went up to the counter, smiled, and said, 'I reserved my copy here'. The woman smiled, and pulled out this huge, thick list and checked my name off-I could tell that they were having entirely too much fun with this. One of her co-workers kept calling her 'Mrs. Potter', and she would play along. I haven't had much time to read it yet-at lunch I had to force myself to stop after reading the third chapter-I was afraid I would just keep going! Then around 3pm, someone would say, 'hey, wait a minute, where's ella?' I think Jaya has the right idea-waiting until she can totally devote all of her time to Harry. Any other way is just plain torture!!!! ;)

posted by Romana1 on 12:20 PM | *

Friday, June 20, 2003

Harry Potter countdown....according to my watch. ;)

7 hours 31 minutes until "the Order of the Phoenix" hits the shelves at any store opening at midnight. WOO-HOO!

'nuff said. :-)
posted by Romana1 on 2:37 PM | *

tacos and other things

Doctor Who Quote of the Moment: "Would you like a jellybab...no, I don't think you would, would you? ;)" -the Fourth Doctor

You're traveling through another dimension --
a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of chaulpas.
A journey into a wondrous land
whose boundaries are only that of imagination and taco sauce.
That's a signpost up ahead, your next stop:
the Taconight Zone!

Ta co ta co, Ta co ta co...
(taco email submitted by Jerm)

I haven't decided yet if I will be posting these on taco night, or the day after, or if I will post every single one-but, keep an eye out for them, and hopefully you will be amused as much as we are every week! Thanks, Jerm!

Oh, and special mention goes out to Persephone -she kicked our butts in Settlers last night, without longest road! You go girl! And Jerm won his first game of Killer Bunnies last night-i think he likes it! LOL. ;)

Just in case you are curious as to what my 'Doctor Who Quote of the Moment' (from here on out, abbreviated the D.W.Q.M.) is, well, in some of the blogs I read, I've noticed a mood indicator, which I think is kinda neat. I decided to try to find quotes from Doctor Who that fit my mood, to keep with the "theme" of my blog. :) Of course, they won't always be an exact match to my mood (like some will just be to show what a nerd i am. LOL), and some may be repeated (hey, if it fits the mood, why not?) but I hope you will nevertheless be amused!
posted by Romana1 on 11:15 AM | *

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

To another summer of Italian band!

Doctor Who Quote of the Moment: "Eureka!" -The Third Doctor
hey, did this post without a hitch? ;)

2003 marks the beginning of the 7th summer that I have performed with the Italian band. (quick note: no, i am not Italian-being Italian is not a requirement for this particular Italian band. ;) ) We perform at several of the local Italian parish festivals, which usually includes 3-6 processions throughout the summer. We did our first procession of the summer this past Sunday, and later that afternoon, I came up with this list:

Your procession is not complete without one or more of the following:

-Starts anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes late of scheduled step-off time
-Includes most of the Clergymen from the Parish, and a bishop
-Cute little children, usually dressed up as angels or other biblical figures
-One or more of the following statues: Mary, Jesus, or the Patron Saint of the Parish, usually decorated with flowers and money
-the Knights of Columbus
-Women singing 'Ave Maria'
-A prayer group praying the Rosary
-Someone in the crowd trying to direct the band
-Someone in the crowd recognizes a member of the band
-Someone in the crowd shouts out, 'play 118!!' (more on that another time)
-Stopped traffic, with drivers looking either a) amused, b) annoyed, or c) asleep in their car (no joke-that really happened once!)
-One person drops something, does a quick step back and bends over to retrieve it, causing members on both sides to swerve in both directions...usually it's music...(and usually it's mine. ;) )
-Sunny skies and very warm temperatures
-SUNBURN (ow!)
-At least one bad joke (not rude or offensive-just the kind that make you groan and say, 'not another one!'
-Potholes on the paved streets, and missing bricks on brick roads-look out!
-Politicians (usually more prevelant during major election years)
-Lolly the Trolley (usually Holy Reedemer and Mt. Carmel)
-Deaffening fireworks, in the middle of the afternoon, at certain stopping points. The longer the procession, the more stops you are likely to have. (watch out for alleys with abandoned warehouses-fireworks set off their are particularly loud!)
-The Italian and American National Anthems
-A donkey

Ok, so the donkey was only at Holy Rosary, and after the first couple of years that I was there, I think they finally gave up on the poor donkey. Although the processions can be long and tiring, I still enjoy playing and walking in them. What's even better is when people come up to you as you are leaving, and thank you for being there and playing during the procession. It makes it all worthwhile!! :)
posted by Romana1 on 12:13 PM | *

Tuesday, June 17, 2003


The Doctor Who Quote of the Moment:
"What's wrong with being childish? I like being childish." -the Third Doctor

I tried to post three times last night, for over an hour, and my entry disappeared all three times!!!! ARrrrrggggg.... :p I guess I'll try to post it again later. Romana learns to hit 'save' the hard way. *sigh*

oooh...and it looks like the server that hosts my comments is down again. Hopefully that will be fixed soon!
posted by Romana1 on 8:07 AM | *

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Taco Night...

So, taco night just ended a few hours ago. I had the crunchy/chewy/sweet'n'sour gordita/chalupa/burritto. It was really good, but of course, Jeremy made fun of me. thanks again to Paul and Brigitte for bringing the tacos! While we ate, we watched some tv. I'm really starting to like Spongebob Squarepants. Squidward is my favorite character because we both play clarinet. Jeremy made fun of me when I told everyone that. After tacos we played some Killer Bunnies, a game, by the way, that Jeremy was very reluctant to play, but I think he enjoys, even though he makes fun of me for liking it. I was doing really well, I had tons of carrots and bunnies, but in the end, my stuffed Snoopy won, since the game really is kinda of random like that. Jeremy made fun of me for losing. Moving on from Killer Bunnies, we played some Sorry. Brigitte pulled out a winin that one, even though I was really close. Paul came in a close third, and Jeremy never got any guys out of start. But even so, he made fun of me for not winning. Then we decided to play some Settlers. I got to go first, but my postioning turned out to be bad, since Jeremy tried to block me wherever I went. He says it's strategy, but I know he's just being mean. He also kept going on about the wood he got for his sheep. What a pervert. Anyway, I won, but Jeremy kept making fun of me up to the end. When I pointed out tath he lost so bad that he actually had fewer roads than when he started, he blamed it on me. Oh, and I don't have dimples. Once he left, Paul, Brigie and I played marathon Dr. Mario. I stayed awake, just so Jeremy couldn't make fun of me. What a jerk.
Well, I guess it's time for bed. Good night!
-posted by Romana1 @4:56AM

(taco email, "an excerpt from Ella's blog tomorrow morning", submitted by Jerm)

*heehee* For those of you sayin' 'what the heck?' the four of us get together for taco night every week (just a side note-usually it's Wednesday, but since I had Italian band rehersal the past 2 Wednesdays, we moved taco night to Thursday.) So, what usually happens is I send an email out in the morning, and Jerm usually replies with a funny email pertaining to taco night in some way. Since I just started my blog this week, and he's convinced I'm going to use it to complain about him teasing me, he decided to dedicate this week's taco email to that. And, to show him I am a good sport, I decided to post it! :) For the record though, we didnt play Sorry, 'cause we added an extra game of Killer Bunnies, and although we did not play Dr. Mario, I was playing Super Monkey Ball 2 earlier, and I finally finished that last level! "Ei-Ei-Poo!" ;)

posted by Romana1 on 11:42 PM | *

Ok, onto other things...

Well, sometimes my comments are there, sometimes not. Strange. I've emailed the adminsitrator of the site i am using to host my comments section, to see if he knows what the problem is. In the meantime, if you do see a place to leave comments, please feel free to leave them! :)

Onto other things-they are testing the fire alarms and sprinkler systems here at the library this week. Well, while I was upstairs in the stacks collecting some Deweys to work on, I passed by a container labeled 'Dry Smoke'. (they use this to test the sprinkler system-they put it in a small container on a larger pole, and stick it on the sprinkler-if the sprinkler is working correctly, it turns on, and the water is contained in the container...at least that's how i think it works) Anyho, on the container it says 'leaves no residue or powder' and fills the air with a 'nice, refreshing, clean scent'. Well, that 'nice, refreshing, clean scent' is this overpowering lemoney smell. *blah* :p Ok, i know that must be boring, but i wanted to write something other than 'this is just a test', and since i am still at work, i don't have much time to write anything else! ;)

gotta run, hopefully i'll get my comments section straightened out soon!
posted by Romana1 on 1:14 PM | *

Comments test, take 2

or 3, if you are counting yesterday's attempt-but who's counting? Just trying one more thing before I look for help from someone who knows more about html code than me. ;)

posted by Romana1 on 11:43 AM | *

This is a test

this is a test of the commenting system. Have I added a comments section correctly?
posted by Romana1 on 11:35 AM | *

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

A blast from the past...

Ok, first a blogger update-i tried adding a comments section to my blog, but it didn't work. I'll try that again later.

Alrighty, now for the blast from the past! I had signed up for Classmates.com a long time ago-before you could add all the schools you ever attended. I don't remember when I added my elementary and junior high schools, but they've been there for a while. Anyho, so this weekend, I get a call from MN-at first i thought it was my sister, using someone else's phone, but when i listened to the message, it turned out to be a friend that I haven't seen since elementary school! She had seen my name on the list, and then looked me up in the phone book-of course, the only person with my last name in the Minneapolis phone book is my sister, so she called and asked alison if i was her sister. ;) Alison told her i was now living in Cleveland, and gave her my phone number. We finally had a chance to talk tonight-but 2 hours isn't nearly enough time to catch up on 10+ years! (yikes, that last comment just made me feel old) It's amazing the amount of things you can remember from way back then-we remembered some of our old classmates, and we remembered attending each of our first major birthday parties! (our birthdays are only a couple of weeks apart) She gave me my first Barbie doll, and was quite amused when I told her I still have that doll. (it's the only one of my Barbie dolls that didn't find their way into my niece's HUGE Barbie doll box. ;) ) Speaking of which, she has a little girl who is only about a month older than my niece! We had fun talking on the phone, and we're going to try to get together the next time I visit. :) I can't wait! :)

*yawn* well, it's getting late, and I'm actually pretty sleepy! Till next time....
posted by Romana1 on 11:32 PM | *

Monday, June 09, 2003

Here goes nothing!

Ah, my first attempt at something other than checking email, web surfing, or internet shopping. This post is just to see what my blog looks like. I'll write more later!
posted by Romana1 on 11:53 PM | *

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